Activity Trackers That I Love!

It’s that time of year that everyone is wanting to get healthy and set goals for the new year! I LOVE that. I like calling them goals and solutions rather than a resolution. In my mind, I LOVE setting and hitting goals so that is what works for me!

I think the number one question that I get at the beginning of each year and even a lot throughout the year is, “What type of fitness tracker do you recommend?” And I really do love this question because I have used a LOT of things & I know what I am loving right now so I thought it would be a good time to share that!

Everyone has different goals that they are going for and different things they want to use their fitness trackers for. I think the range of the products below can help with anything you might be looking for!

 

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1)   Jawbone UP24: I love this band! The sleek design looks like a stylish bracelet to me, but does so much more than just being “arm candy” ;) (haha). It tracks your steps, your sleep, your activity levels, and so much more. You can set the band to beep/vibrate at you if you have been sitting too long and the FREE UP app is super user friendly on smartphones. It syncs with MyFitnessPal and for me that is a MUST! I love that when others with bands add you, they are added to your “team”. I like the encouragement the app gives and overall, I would recommend this to anyone who is wanting something to wear all day long, even when you are sleeping. It is a great option for anyone with an active lifestyle.

 

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2)   Polar FT7 Heart Rate Monitor: Many times that people write me, they don’t really want all of the “extras” that some of the monitors come with. They just want something more basic that is super accurate and they can see on their wrist at all times. For those folks, I always recommend the Polar FT7 Heart Rate Monitor. This baby comes with a chest strap that is on you at all times when tracking. It is GREAT to track workouts and your heart rate & calories burned during a tough workout. You can also wear this while you are at work or on the go to keep track of your entire calorie burn for the day or even if you wanted to check what it was while grocery shopping for an hour, you can do that with it too. It is straight forward and to the point…and I love it! I have had mine for over 3 years now with no issues. I have replaced the battery once and I just got that on Amazon or you can get it at Walgreens!

 

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3)   FitBit Flex: Although I have not used this product myself, my dad uses one and he loves it! The reason that I recommend this to people is because I know that A LOT of people use it, and sometimes people just want something that they know they will have accountability with and I’m almost certain you can always find someone else who uses a FitBit. It also has a FREE app that tracks your steps, workouts, and much more. You can also sync the FitBit Flex with MyFitnessPal, for those of you who already track your calories on that app.

 

I will update this if I use other products that I feel work better or would work for others! I am always open to trying new things, and love when new activity trackers come out so I can do just that! If you have any suggestions about the activity/fitness trackers that YOU love & you think I should try, just let me know and I will look into it! :)

 

Hope this helps you in 2015 & beyond!!!

Whole 30 so far! :)

As many of you know, I started Whole 30 about 24 days ago…and at that point, I had no idea what I was getting myself in to! I knew it would be hard. I knew it would test my mental strength more than anything. But I really didn’t know it was going to do things to help my mood, my skin, my hair…just everything.

For those of you who DON’T know what Whole 30 is, you can find all of the information on their website. Everything is laid out from the rules to tools to use to help you and also a timeline of how you may or may not feel each day while going through this process!! This site has helped me tremendously! I also did a lot of research for recipes on Pinterest & Instagram (aren’t hashtags just the BEST)! And I even joined a Whole 30 Facebook group that is very supportive. And of course, the book that explains EVERYTHING called It Starts With Food. I recommend one or all of these things to keep you on track and also to help you remember that you aren’t alone!!

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I know I’m not done yet, but I just wanted to let you all know that if you are contemplating it…DO IT!!! Just take the plunge and try it. I will say, however, that I do believe you need to mentally prepare yourself for what you are about to do. You are going to know every ingredient going into your body and you need to know how to pronounce all things! There’s no excuses on this. And there is no “cheating” (as so many people like to call it) during the 30 days.

I know there is an OFFICIAL Whole 30 that is being run by the Whole 30 creators themselves that starts on August 1st! There’s a couple of days from now until then to get yourself prepared & ready to go! Are you up for the challenge?! You won’t be disappointed!!! :) I’m going to do a complete write up of the entire Whole 30 journey for me when I’m all done. But I just wanted you guys to have the above resources to help you get started ASAP!

Let me know if you have ANY questions here in the comments & I will try my absolute best to answer you!!

Love you all & I wish you all the best of luck!

Just some of the (amazing) meals I made during Whole 30!

Just some of the (amazing) meals I made during Whole 30!

Putting it out there in 2014!

Hey everyone!

So as you know, I was on a very popular weight loss show a few years ago & that’s how most of you know me! It was the greatest experience of my life & I made life long friends & learned so much about what works & what doesn’t work for myself & my overall health for life! I feel like all great things require learning both wonderful & not so wonderful things to make it the best experience (just my opinion).

With that being said, YES, I was on a TV show…but NO, the show does NOT define me, nor does my weight. I feel as though that is a very large misconception out there about what is on TV and the reality of the situation. At the end of the day, every single contestant is a REAL person with REAL feelings and REAL emotions who legitimately just wanted to get their lives back. The show is based on numbers on the scale, but if you really think that is the WHOLE picture, then you need to take a step back and look at what is really going on. The scale, again in my opinion, is a very small portion of overall health & it is important to know that, ESPECIALLY as a fan of the show.

When we are at the ranch, all we do is fight for a number. I totally understand for the sake of what we are doing….going from morbidly obese individuals to healthy and fit individuals is the point. There is more to that than weight. And for me, losing 230 pounds plus having skin removal surgery made me LOOK like a completely different person. And I changed in SO many ways for the better!

But I also let some of the other superficial things get to me. For example…I weighed in at 213 pounds at my finale. To most, that was not “skinny enough” and I can’t tell you how many THOUSANDS of people kept saying “keep going so you can get to your goal weight!” or “Hope you get to 150 soon!” amongst many other things. The REALITY of the situation is that, according to the doctor, I WAS at my goal weight. I WAS at the weight that I am supposed to live at for life.  213 pounds for a woman? No way. Well…WAY! I’ll NEVER weigh 150 pounds. I have an extreme amount of muscle for a woman, so the number on the scale isn’t going to reflect the same way it does for someone standing next to me. I was born strong and I am PROUD OF THAT (now), but I didn’t understand that coming off the show. I was so proud of how far I had come, but all I could think about is how far I had left to go…and I just wanted to make everyone happy.

There have been many days where I told myself “you need to lose more weight” and I obsessed over the scale. I didn’t talk about this often because I didn’t want to be “that person”. This only happened for a short time until I MADE myself stop. I knew from losing 112 pounds on my own before I ever stepped foot on the ranch that I was mentally strong…and the entire journey was MENTAL. But I found myself letting my mind getting the best of me.

I found that what I manifested (I was too fat, I had too far to go, comparing myself to others) is what I became. It was SOO unlike me to think this way. Ask anyone who has known me forever and they will tell you I have always been a confident person, even when I weighed close to 450 pounds. Literally. I found myself starting to be something I didn’t want to be and started to go backwards…more so mentally than physically, but a little of both…and I didn’t like it. I told myself all of the wrong things and ultimately it negativity affected me.

It wasn’t until the beginning of last year (2013) that I started seeing the WHOLE picture. I started seeing that it was NOT just about weight and it was about health. I started doing my own research about what it means to be healthy. To my surprise, that DOESN’T mean eating foods that are all zero calories just for the sake of eating low calories when all those foods contain are chemicals. That meant to eat nutrient dense food and eat plenty of them. I learned that healthy fat doesn’t make me fat…it actually helps me burn it more. I learned that sugar is really not okay for MY body, even if it is in the form of a 50 calorie snack. If a 50 calorie snack has 10 grams of sugar…that is a problem for me. These are all things I didn’t understand before. Truly. I know it sounds crazy, but I just didn’t. Since the very beginning of when I started losing weight, all I did was count calories and exercise. I even got to the point of eating WAY too little, which is ultimately what affected me and my metabolism so bad and I have had to fight for the past year to build it back up. I can say I am successfully doing that now, and I am so happy.

I have learned A LOT from this process. The most important thing I have learned is that I don’t have to be perfect. I don’t have to be what someone thinks I should look like. I have gained about 40 pounds back (and still kept off around 200 pounds…how can I be upset with that?) and I feel as though I have been very open about it all. But it was from manifesting all of the wrong things. It was all MENTAL. It was all from over thinking. It was all not seeing how far I had actually come. I see it now. And nothing & no one can take it from me…ever :)

I am committing this year to being the BEST VERSION OF MYSELF that I have ever been. That has nothing to do with a scale. That has nothing to do with what other people think of me or tell me I should do. It has everything to do with ME. And loving ME for ME. And I can honestly say that I DO!!! I am so happy. And I am so proud of myself for not giving up. It’s not how many times you fall, but how many times you get back up…truly!!! I believe that now that I am fully understanding this concept again, EVERYTHING will fall into place the way it should…weight, self-worth, health and happiness!

I hope that any of you reading this who may have had some ups and downs in your life read this and see that self-worth and being happy with who you are, what you’ve done, and where you’re going is the most important thing in life. I don’t have all of the answers. I’m certainly not perfect. I’ve messed up a lot in the past and I will mess up again. But I do have a strong mind and I have faith in myself that I will do all that I need to do to live the healthiest life possible forever.

I love me. I love Courtney Lynn Crozier. And I hope that you love you too. Here’s to an AMAZING & HEALTHY 2014!!! WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!!!

 

PS–I also must say that I feel SO INCREDIBLY BLESSED to have the “fans” (I hate saying that…I like to say FRIENDS!) that I have gained through this entire process. Even though I have haters sometimes, for every hater there are 10,000 WONDERFUL AND BEAUTIFUL souls who support & love me daily…and I can’t thank you all enough for that!!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the energy you give me too!

 

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Blogging in 2014! :)

Hiiiii my loves! Happy ALMOST 2014! For those of you who follow me on a daily basis, you know that I have had a HECK of a year (wouldn’t change that for the world!) with minimal time for anything “extra” to say the least! Blogging got put on the back burner, but because I am FINALLY finished with college now, I want to make blogging a priority in 2014! I LOVE being able to interact with all of you here & on all of my social media sites as it keeps me motivated and inspired too! I’m blessed to have the community & love that has been created on my pages & I just love you guys!!!

I really want to know what YOU want me to blog about this year!! Whether that’s videos, workouts, recipes, inspirational stories, daily stories, struggles, triumphs, things I’ve learned/continue to learn…ANYTHING! I just want and need your ideas to make this blog everything that YOU want & more!!! So please comment below & let me know what you’d like to see in 2014 that can help you, the entire community, and myself as well become better this year! I have a feeeling this is going to be one of the best years yet! I can feel it in my core! :)

Love you all & can’t wait to hear your ideas very soon!!

xoxoxo

Court <3